The City of Vancouver is seeing a rise in Airbnb-like complaints.
55 so far this year compared to 19 in 2015.
As a result, enforcement is being ramped up, certain criteria has to be met before bylaw officers come knocking on doors.
“In 2016, of the 55 complaints, 28 of them were for multiple listings”
Chief Licensing Inspector Andreea Toma says bylaw officers will be prioritizing complaints that ‘impact the good of the public’ like noise or unsafe buildings.
“A perfect example of that is property on Comox Street, the complaint was that it was an unsafe place that it was overcrowded. The people recognized the house was being listed on Air bnb and they had turned the attic space and the basement into living space.”
Prioritization will be given to complaints that prove short term rentals in publicly funded housing, operators running multiple listings and buildings with multiple listings.
“We’re not proactively enforcing. But we do have some information that we gathered from our consultants, also a data scraper. We’re also working collaboratively with Airbnb so when we do come across information we do ask for their confirmation and they do provide us back with the information”
Toma says if people don’t comply with laws, the city will move forward with legal action like an injunction, one has been filed so far.
The city is in the midst of consultations and working on an implementation plan to legalize short tern rental activity in Vancouver.